South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

Two officials from Cricket South Africa are on the verge of being sacked after a photograph emerged that shows them grinning alongside fans wearing "disgraceful" Sonny Bill Williams masks.

The statement urged South African supporters to refrain from "being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters".

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the officials allegedly involved in this incident", the statement read.

Australian players and officials are reportedly outraged about the photo.

Meanwhile, the option is open for CA to call on the ICC in order to lay a charge, as its code of conduct covers the use of "language or gesture (s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature" to players during an global match.

Candice had an encounter with Williams 11 years ago, before she had met Warner and South African fans hoped to use that to antagonise the opening batsman.

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After an ugly feud with South African keeper-bat Quinton de Kock during the first Test in Durban last week, Warner has reason to be aggrieved during the ongoing second Test too.

There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this.

Initially, stadium security had refused to allow the masks in because of what Kazi called a "misunderstanding", though it is not clear on whose instructions the security were initially acting.

Speaking to Cricinfo shortly after the story broke, Kazi admitted it was "one of the worst judgment calls I have made", and expressed regret over his actions.

If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class. According to him, the mask-wearing fans were not allowed inside the stadium initially, but somehow managed to contact him and Eksteen. "They said 'let's take a photo with you guys", Kazi said.

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